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How To Play - Password Game - Game Rules
The Classic Word Association Game.
Can you get your partner to guess the secret Password by giving one-word clues?
Password is the classic word association game of clever communication.
 

 

HOW TO PLAY - PASSWORD GAME - GAME RULES

Object Of The Game:

To score points by guessing the correct "PASSWORD" from one-word CLUES given by a partner.

Equipment Used in the Game:

1. PASSWORD CARDS - "A" cards and "B" cards each contain two DIFFERENT SETS of five words on each side.  The * after the card number indicates the reverse side of the card.  The words in BLUE are HIDDEN by an overprint of "Password" in RED.
-CARDS IN THE 4TH EDITION ARE NUMBERED 62-86 (A&B).
2. Leatherette CARD HOLDERS - The 2 CARD HOLDERS should be separated.  They reveal the words, one at a time.  Password cards are marked "TOP" with arrows pointing up.  These are slid into the BOTTOM opening of the HOLDER and pushed up as directed by the arrows, until the top word on the card appears in the RED WINDOW.  "A" players use "A" words; "B" players use "B" words.
3. The SCORING INDICATOR is used to keep the point value of each Password throughout the game.
4. The SCORE PAD is for keeping score and also contains rules for clues.

Rules for Partner Play-4 players.  Home version differs from TV.
No MC required.

Each team is composed of one "A" player and "B" player.  The A's (two) sit side-by side facing their "B" partners.  A's use ONE HOLDER between them and B's use other holder.  The "A" word list is seen only by the A's; the "B" words only by the B's.  The A and B players alternate as GIVERS and RECEIVERS of the CLUE words. 
1. "A" players start as GIVERS of CLUES for Password No. 1 on the "A" word list. Both "A" players look at the same Password in the CARD HOLDERS.
2. The starting "A" player takes the ARROW and places it at position 10 on the SCORING INDICATOR.  He then gives a ONE CLUE WORD to his "B" partner.
3. REFER to the "RULES FOR CLUES" section of the instruction sheet.
4. If the "B" player does not guess the correct Password after the first CLUE, the ARROW on the SCORING INDICATOR is moved to 9 and given to the opposing "A" player who gives a ONE CLUE WORD to his "B" partner.  As long as the correct Password is not guessed, the turns continue, alternating between teams with "A" players giving CLUES to the "B" players.  EACH TIME A CLUE is given, the ARROW is moved to the next lower number.
5.  When a "B" player guesses the correct Password, he scores the point value as shown on the SCORING INDICATOR.  For example, if three clue words had been given, the point value for that Password is 8.
6. If the Password has not been guessed after 10 CLUES (5 given by each player) - neither "B" player scores for that word.
7. After Password No. 1 has been guessed (or missed) the "B' players, using word No.1 on their "B" word list, GIVE CLUES to the "A" players.  Teams alternate in giving the first clue, following rules 2 through 6 above.
8. The game continues with "A" players using their word No. 2, GIVING CLUES, then "B" players using their word No.2, and so on.  Word No. 5 marked with an asterisk (*), counts for DOUBLE POINT VALUE. For example, if the ARROW is at 7 when Password No. 5 is guessed, the score for that word is 14.
9. Scoring - after each Password is correctly guessed, the point value, as shown on the SCORING INDICATOR, is recorded on the Score pad.  The player who guessed the Password scores the points, while his opponent scores zero (0) for that word.  SEE EXAMPLE OF SCORING A GAME in the instruction sheet.
10. The game is ENDED when word No.5 on the "B" list is completed.  Add the point scores of "A" and "B" players of each team to find the total TEAM SCORES.
THE PARTNERS WITH THE HIGHER TEAM SCORE ARE THE WINNERS!

Game for Three Players - A Variation of the Standard 4 player game:

In this game, ONE player GIVES CLUES to TWO PLAYERS who compete in guessing the CORRECT PASSWORD.  Use the same rules for clues and scoring as in the standard 4 player game.
1. The GIVING player, using any word list, gives ONE CLUE to both       RECEIVING players AT THE SAME TIME.
2.The RECEIVERS may make ONE GUESS for each clue given, if desired, a receiving player may PASS, and not give a response.
3. As soon as each guess has been made, the GIVING player indicates whether it is the correct PASSWORD.  The player to respond FIRST with the correct password, receives the point score for the word. If both players respond with the correct Password simultaneously, both receive the point score.
4. A Game consists of 5 Passwords, the fifth word scoring DOUBLE.
THE WINNER IS THE PLAYER WITH THE HIGHER SCORE.

Rules for Clues
The Password is always a SINGLE word, not hyphenated and NOT a proper noun.
1. The CLUE word must be a SINGLE, non-hyphenated word.  For example, the clue "well-to-do" would not be allowed.
2. If the opposing team CHALLENGES a clue as being 2 words or hyphenated, it is looked up in the dictionary.  The point value of the Password at the tie goes to the team that was right.
3. Proper nouns may be used as CLUE words.  Thus, "Hitchcock" may be given for the Password "mystery".
4. No part or form of the Password may be used as a clue.  "Chemist" could not be used for "chemistry" , "steal" could not be used for "stolen" , and "monk" could not be used for "monkey".
5. Specific gestures and pantomime are NOT ALLOWED.  For example, a player may whisper "silence" to get "quiet" as a response.
6. A previously given CLUE word may be repeated by either player.  It is also proper to link a clue to previous CLUE words.  For example, "race",  "horse" , and "rider" may be three separate CLUE words linked together to get "jockey" as a response.
7.NO SPELLING of a CLUE word is allowed.  If a FORM of the Password is given as a RESPONSE, the responding player is given ONE CHANCE to correct the word to the exact Password.  For example, if "mud" is given for the Password "muddy" , the player is told that they have given a form of the word and have one chance to correct it.  If they don't come up with "muddy" in their next response, the the Password is thrown out and no one scores on that word.

 

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